Summer’s here, and if you’re not too careful, this can mean a spike in your electricity bill thanks to your hard-working air conditioner. But just because it’s sweltering outside doesn’t mean you need to make the choice between staying within budget and keeping cool.
Pursuit of Passion lists down a few tips and tricks for you to try:
1. Cross ventilate.
The trick to cross ventilation is to use the structure of your home to let cool air push warm air out. Now, ideally, this would mean opening windows at opposite sides of your home. But if this is not possible, you can also open windows at 90-degree angles from each other (for example, your front and side windows if you’re in a corner unit).
2. Get down.
For very hot nights, it might be worthwhile to drag your mattress to the floor. Hot air rises, so the lower you get, the cooler you’ll be. This goes for your daily activities, too. Rather than working sitting up on your desk, you may want to use a low table and get comfy on the cool floors of your home—just make sure you don’t set your laptop on your lap; the heat generated by the machine will make you feel hotter all the quicker.
3. Set a cool wind to blowing.
Turning on the air conditioner isn’t your only way to achieve this. You can also set some cold water (we recommend adding ice!) in a shallow pan, then setting it in front of a fan. The result? A cooler breeze, without a higher electricity bill.
4. Get some in-spa-ration.
When you’re in a sauna at a spa, you’ll find attendants passing you cool wet towels after a few minutes, to help keep your body temperature regulated. The same concept applies at home on summer days—wet clean face towels in water, roll them up, stick them in plastic bags, then stick them in the refrigerator or freezer. For added aromatherapy, add a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil to the water.
5. Let your body do the work.
Remember that cool towel we mentioned above? To use it and any other cooling devices (yes, ice cubes included) more effectively, apply it to your body’s best cooling spots. These are often pulse points, where your veins and arteries are closest to the skin, which means that you can use your own circulatory system to bring cooler blood away from these points through the rest of your body. Best spots for cooling down include your neck, the areas in front of your ears (close to the temples), the tops of your feet, your inner thighs, and the inside of your elbows, knees, and wrists.